As much as I love fresh flowers, and I do love fresh flowers, they are apparently not the best home décor decision for someone trying to lose a few pounds. Instead, Dr. Oz says that a fruit-filled centerpiece is the optimal choice. According to his ultimate slim-down plan, "Studies have indicated that people who smelled fruit before a meal lost an average of 30 pounds over the course of six months." The scent of fruit tricks our brains into thinking we've eaten so we feel full faster and eat less. And keeping a fruit bowl nearby may stop us dead in our tracks before we reach for a bag of chips in the kitchen cabinet.
I'm not saying I don't believe Dr. Oz, but I wonder if the mood boost I get from a vase full of hydrangea is worth giving up. Would you be willing to switch out flora for fruit in the name of dieting?